Bike Trails - Onalaska's Interconnecting State Trails
Onalaska is linked to over 101 miles of exceptional state bicycle trails and is located at the juncture of the Great River State Trail and the La Crosse River State Trail, two of the Midwest’s most beautiful bicycling trails. The country roads surrounding Onalaska also provide excellent bicycling. What makes bicycling in Onalaska so special is the fantastic scenery provided by the Mississippi River bluffs, rolling hills and sprawling wetlands.
The Great River State Trail
Take a pedal down the Mississippi River on the Great River State Trail. Enjoy 24 miles of the most beautiful scenery in the Midwest. The trail traverses along 18 different waterways, crosses over the Black River on a 287-foot former railroad trestle, and follows Lake Onalaska and the BNSF railway. From its trailhead in Onalaska, all the way to Trempealeau, the Great River State Trail is one beautiful landscape after another and is perfect for any type of bicycle.
The La Crosse River State Trail
The 21.5 mile La Crosse River State Trail follows the winding route of the La Crosse River, taking bicyclists from Onalaska to Sparta. As you pedal the La Crosse River State Trail, you’ll enjoy bridges over crystal clear trout streams and picturesque farms. Like the Great River State Trail, the La Crosse River State Trail has a smooth surface that can accommodate both road bicycles and mountain bikes. Part of the trail even runs parallel to an active rail line.
For more information on all four connecting trails,
Map of the four connecting bike trails